Qatar situation 'unacceptable'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described working conditions in Qatar as "unacceptable".

Last Updated: 20/11/13 at 18:26 Post Comment

Sepp Blatter: Wants 'fair working conditions'

Sepp Blatter: Wants 'fair working conditions'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described working conditions in Qatar as "unacceptable" as pressure builds on football's governing body to take action over concerns relating to the construction of the stadia to host the 2022 World Cup finals.

Blatter met International Trade Union Confederation chief Michael Sommer on Wednesday to discuss the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar, which has been brought into focus by a 166-page report released by human rights group Amnesty International at the weekend.

In that document it was claimed that foreigners brought into Qatar to work on World Cup building projects were subjected to "non-payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions, and shocking standards of accommodation".

Blatter has reacted by agreeing that "fair working conditions must be introduced quickly, consistently and on a sustained basis in Qatar" following a one-hour meeting with Sommer and German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach on Wednesday.

The Swiss supremo, who met the Emir of Qatar earlier this month, believes the Gulf country is taking its responsibility for change seriously, but called on global leaders to also play their part in improving conditions.

"Economic and political leaders must contribute to improving the unacceptable situation in Qatar," Blatter said in a FIFA statement.

"That is why I welcome the initiative shown by the DFB and ITUC because together we can achieve change. I am convinced that Qatar is taking the situation very seriously.

"These very discussions about Qatar show just what an important role football can play in generating publicity and thus bringing about change."

Amnesty International's secretary general Salil Shetty had said earlier this week: "Our findings indicate an alarming level of exploitation in the construction sector in Qatar.

"FIFA has a duty to send a strong public message that it will not tolerate human rights abuses on construction projects related to the World Cup.

"Qatar is recruiting migrant workers at a remarkable rate to support its construction boom, with the population increasing at 20 people an hour. Many migrants arrive in Qatar full of hopes, only to have these crushed soon after they arrive. There's no time to delay - the government must act now to end this abuse."

Following Wednesday's meeting, Blatter mandated FIFA executive committee member Dr Theo Zwanziger to continue talks with the ITUC and involve human rights and labour organisations.


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Transfer news: Arsenal 'nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba', says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret is missing out on signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Middlesborough defender Damia Abella has been ruled out for six months

Middlesbrough defender Damia Abella is facing up to six months out with a serious knee injury.

Newcastle assistant John Carver says sorry after row with fan at Southampton

Assistant manager John Carver has apologised for a heated row with a supporter before Newcastle's defeat at Southampton.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property